Yesterday I found Walla Walla College's Residence Hall Handbook.
I will quote their worship policies below and then I will make two comments.
All Residence Hall students are expected to attend campus worships. There are several worship options that are available for credit. Turning in worship cards (available at the Front Desk) are the means of keeping track of worships. Worship reeducation forms are available at the Front Desk for students who have conflicting schedules and feel that they need a reduction in the worship requirements. Your RA will post current worship totals.
These are the worship requirements, by academic credits earned:
1-44 credits earned 3 worships per week
45-89 credits earned 2 worships per week
90-135 credits earned 1 worship per week
136+ credits earned optional
Worship attendance is optional for students who are 21 or older. All students are expected to attend chapel.
We encourage you to worship together publicly and privately. It is by coming together collectively that we all experience being a part of God’s family.
As will all policies, there are consequences for noncompliance. If you do not fulfill your worship requirement, you can expect the following:
1. The first time you will be fined $25 in addition to assigned reading and report per credit.
2. The second time you will be fined $50 and will have to meet at Dean’s staff meeting on Wednesday morning between 10:30 and 12:30.
3. The third time you may be asked to take a quarter off of school to reevaluate if WWC is really the place you want to be. A new school year does not start the process over. Anytime you change in class standing, you must have completed one good quarter of attendance before receiving the next level of privileges.
Monday 9:30 p.m. OPS Sittner Lobby
Tuesday 9:30 p.m. Student Huebach Chapel
Wednesday 9:30 p.m. Fireside Dale Court
Thursday 9:30 p.m. RA Your Hall
Friday Sundown Chaplains Sittner Chapel
7:30 p.m. Vespers College Church
Sunday Sunday Night Live Conard Chapel
Authorized Small Group worships that meet at least one hour weekly count as two credits.
My Two Comments:
Comment 1 I think having worship at 21:30 at night is a fabulous idea. Our worships take place at 19:15. I always feel that it cuts my evening in half and that I lose out on the following: Productivity: What happens between supper and worship? There is not enough time to do anything. Family time: All other families spend their nights together. By the time I come home from worship, my wife and daughter are in bed or on their way to bed. Prime TV. I don't really watch a lot of TV, but I long for a time when I can watch the full installment of news (19:00 - 19:30) or Amazing Race or Survivor (19:30 - 20:30).
Imagine having supper at 17:30 and spending the rest of the evening until 20:30 making maximum use of daylight hours, pursuing leisure activities like sport or watching Television. Then worship at 21:30 and by 22:00 you go to your room to study. High school can have a study hour between 20:30 and 21:30 and then go to worship, and immediately after worship they can shower and go to bed. No more worries for the deans about high school students running around uncontrolled on campus after the sun has set.
Comment 2: Mnn... I'm so excited about this new idea of worship at 21:30 that I forgot the other comment. ... aha ... I love the idea of having worship on Wednesday evenings around a fire. What if we found a spot on central campus where we could do something similar?
I'd love to hear your opinion.